It’s a light week because of Thanksgiving but here are some choice shows to see after you have had enough pumpkin pie.
It’ll Blum and Weiss at the Echo tonight. That’s Mal Blum and Allison Weiss, who will present a night of heady, punky music. Blum has a particularly endearing video for her song, “Robert Frost.”
Thanksgiving is a time for families as well as The Family Of The Year. The fizzy indie rock L.A. band is back home to play Pomona’s Glass House tonight and the Troubadour Nov. 27-28. Everclear’s breakout album Sparkle And Fade turns 20 and the band is celebrating the best way it knows how – by performing the album in concert at Anaheim’s House Of Blues. The Bootleg is “deez” place to catch Darwin Deez, who has a new album of hooky guitar pop to share.
Turkey, parades, football and too much dessert.
The Wiltern offers its version of Black Friday craziness with a show of wild gypsy rock ‘n’ roll by Gogol Bordello.
Top Show: Feisty country chanteuse Nikki Lane returns to Southern California to perform at the Roxy tonight and Santa Ana’s Observatory tomorrow night. Lane’s All Or Nothin’ was one of my fave CDs for 2014 and she’s working on its follow-up with Jonathan Wilson (Conor Oberst, Father John Misty) at the helm. Opening the shows will be Nashville garage rockers Clear Plastic Masks. The veteran cult rock band The Flamin’ Groovies will light up the Bootleg tonight.
Tonight offers two “oldies” acts at the opposite ends of the music spectrum. See what punk’s mischief man Johnny Lyndon is up to when he brings PiL to the Fonda. Meanwhile, McCabe’s welcomes Spanky McFarlane – yes, from the hit ‘60s group Spanky & Our Gang fame whose big hit was “Sunday Won’t Ever Be The Same.” Joining her will be Coco Dolenz (Micky’s sister).
The critically acclaimed British rock band Foals were recently named “Best Act In The World” at the U.K.’s Q Awards. You can see if they live up the hype when they headline the Wiltern tonight.
Sara Hartman, a buzzed-about NY-born, Berlin-based electro/acoustic popster, will be part of the School Night at Bardot’s while singer/songwriter Angelo De Augustine has a set at the Hotel Café.